Created in 2000, DAFNE is one of the longest standing diabetes education course in the UK. It is offered nationally with over 43,000 'DAFNE graduates'. It allows people to develop skills for insulin dose adjusting, based on their own body's requirements. This gives people with t1DM a systematic approach to their diabetes, allowing them to fit their diabetes around their life and enable them to eat what and when they want. It follows a nationally recognised curriculum and educator training programme.
How does it work?
Two specialist diabetes healthcare professionals run groups of up to 8 people. Courses run 5 days either over one week or split over 5 weeks. There is a follow up with educators 6 weeks after the course. Friends and family can accompany a person attending on the first day of the course.
Reduction in HbA1c 1% (10mmol/l) at 3 months, with sustained reduction (0.3%) at 12 months.
Improved confidence in ability to self-care and other mental wellbeing scores.
Reduced glucose variability so fewer hypoglycaemic episodes needing ambulance or hospital admission, and fewer diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) admissions.
No weight change (this is a good thing as you would anticipate some weight gain as people improve their HbA1c as they are passing less sugar in their urine).